We are a not-for-profit association serving licensed plumbers and HVAC contractors in Tennessee with three local chapters: Knoxville, Middle Tennessee and Northeast Tennessee.
The TAPHCC membership is composed of contractors from across the state which includes one and two person firms as well as some of the largest contractors in the state. If you are a licensed and reputable contractor in the p-h-c industry looking to advance and enhance your business, I urge you to visit our membership page. Our mission statement, below, clearly summarizes our views and goals.
TAPHCC State President
The Tennessee Association of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors, Inc., is a not-for-profit association founded in 1897 for the purpose of providing services to plumbing-heating-cooling contractors and the PHC industry.
The TAPHCC represents the interests of plumbing and HVAC contractors in Tennessee by providing awareness, marketing tips, business enhancement tools and a strong legislative presence on issues that affect members' companies. We are involved in community awareness programs and are proud to have been given a Proclamation from the Governor in 2008 in recognition of Plumbing Industry Week.
The Knoxville Chapter of the TAPHCC has four year apprenticeship programs in the plumbing and sheet metal trades for the purpose of education and training of qualified tradesmen for the future PHC industry. The TAPHCC is affiliated with the National Association of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors (NAPHCC).
During the 1880's, the transition from outhouses to indoor plumbing was moving at a rapid pace. The true craftsmen sought ways to distinguish those who knew what they were doing from those who didn't. In 1882, a group of these new tradesmen in New York City banded together to form the Master Plumbers Association of New York. Shortly afterward, a like-minded group joined forces in Brooklyn.
In 1883, the 125 members of the New York group formed the National Association of Master Plumbers (NAMP) to provide the public with a complete, safe and sanitary plumbing system. NAMP was the forerunner of the National PHCC, the oldest construction trade association in America.
The NAPHCC is a federation with state and local associations. TAPHCC has a heritage of great leaders who have served on the local, state, and national levels of PHCC. Four of its members have become PHCC National Presidents: Ben Burnette, '65-66; Gene Orr, '82-'83; Dan Burnette, '90-'91; David Dugger 2012-2013.